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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to hire a bartender for a private party?

Hiring a bartender for a private party typically costs between $270 and $390 in total. On an hourly basis, expect to pay at least $40 to $60 per hour, as well as a flat fee. How much you’ll pay, however, depends on the time of year or day, the size of the party and other factors. Get in touch with a few bartenders near you and request a free estimate — it’s the only way to get an accurate idea of how much private bartending services will cost you.

Check out “How much does it cost to hire a bartender?” to learn more about the cost factors.

Do bartenders need to be licensed?

Certain counties, cities and states may require licensing. Check your local government’s regulations before starting your search.

In many cases, you might want to choose a bartender who has a license and/or certification. If you’re considering hiring a bartender for an upcoming event or a special occasional, check their online profiles to find out what credentials they have. If you can’t find the information online, don’t hesitate to ask them directly when requesting to receive free estimates.

How do I find a good bartender?

Put some time on your calendar to research and compare top-rated bartenders near you online. Start by looking at their ratings and services. For example, some bartending services will provide a waitstaff, glassware, ice, coolers, food and more.

Next, look at their photos of past events and read the customer reviews. Find feedback on the bartenders’ services. Did they offer fair pricing? Did they show up on time to set up? Did they bring all of the appropriate drinks, cups, supplies and decorations? Did they interact politely with the party guests and provide a pleasant overall experience? And did they do the agreed-upon cleanup afterward?

Narrow down your top choices, and start contacting the bartenders. Ask for cost estimates for your event, and tell them how many people will be attending, what type of event it is and what services you require. You should also ask them questions about their experience.

Bartenders may need a license in your state, county or city to work at a private party. Make sure they’re properly certified before you hire anyone.

How much should you tip wedding bartenders?

Sometimes, a gratuity is included in your final bill. If not, consider tipping your wedding bartenders between 10% and 15%. However, this is not a set-in-stone rule. You can always tip more, perhaps 20%-25%, for great service.

What do bartenders cost for a wedding?

It costs roughly between $270 and $390 to hire a bartender. However, if you need a wedding bartender, you should request cost estimates from bartenders near you. Depending on the drinks you plan to serve, the number of guests and other factors, your total cost will vary.

Reviews for Chapel Hill bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
All went well with the bartender you provided. A totally enjoyable experience, made our party a huge success.
Bar Bus ServeBar Bus Serve
Kimberly E.
I cannot say enough about Shunta and Creative Imprrssions. She has always been very responsive from day one! My guests made a point to tell me how professional our bartenders were! I would be more than happy to answer any questions for anyone looking to hire a bartender for an event. They cannot go wrong with Shunta and her staff!!!
Creative Impressions Event Planning LLCCreative Impressions Event Planning LLC
Gabby P.
I just want to say that Dennis went above and beyond for us on our special day. He was able to help us on short notice at a reasonable price and was very attentive to my guest and their requests. If you are ever in need of a bartender Dennis is definitely the man to call.
Celebration SidekicksCelebration Sidekicks
William H.
This bartending service is exactly what we were looking for. John and his wife were absolutely amazing and they went above and beyond to make our day work well. Working with John from the beginning gave me a really good feeling about their services because john was just open and honest about everything that we discussed. He helped steer me in the right direction based on what we needed compared to what we were previously told by other professionals and that is what sold me on using them. I would highly recommend using them to anyone looking for bartending services because you'll get everything you need and more! Thanks again John and team for being apart of my wife's and I special day.
Johnny's Bartending ServiceJohnny's Bartending Service
Christy W.
We couldn’t have hoped for a better bartender for my daughter’s wedding! With COVID it was so hard to try to find and keep venders booked. Johnny let us know he would see us through to the end and he did! His work went over and above what we ever expected and the dinner flowed smoothly because of the amount of work he and his staff did. And the best part is when my husband finally met him they realized they went back over twenty five years from Johnny’s early days of bartending and was extremely happy with my choice! Thanks Johnny for all the personal touches, behind-the-scene work and care you put into our daughter’s special day!! We hope we can work with you for many years to come.
Johnny's Bartending ServiceJohnny's Bartending Service
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